Bionic Eye Transplant May Restore Vision

March 29, 2015 12:11 PM

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On March 24, 2015 a cutting-edge procedure was carried out by Dr. Gregg T. Kokame of the Hawaii Eye Surgery Center. This surgery comes two years later after the first bionic implant of a prototype conducted by researchers from Bionic Vision Australia. After the four-hour surgery a 72-year-old woman who had been blind for two years said that she had started to see shades of grey. Dr. Mark Humayu, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California and co-inventor of the Argus II implant was also present.

The patient was blind because of a genetic disease known as retinitis pigmentosa (RP). This disease is inherited and causes serious vision impairment owing to the progressive of the degeneration of the rod photoreceptor cells found in the retina. The sight of the woman has been restored only partial...

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